Afghanistan: CSR ERBER Group aid

This has serious consequences for all economically vulnerable people. Those who had a shop or sold items from a cart no longer have an income. Especially the day laborers (men and young people) from our camp, who distributed goods and carried loads for businessmen and markets, now lose the few Afghani they earned from this. The women, who went to wash and clean in the surrounding area, are no longer allowed to leave the camp. The children who begged in the streets find the streets deserted. The poorest of the poor are lost.

The CSR ERBER project with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Afghanistan includes a livelihood component. Children, young people and women who come to the camp school receive their daily ration of supplementary food. After the suspension of these programs, this distribution mode is no longer applicable. However, because people need this food now more than ever, we are maintaining the distribution of rations as long as possible, despite the suspension of educational programs. Now we have found that local eggs have become 100% more expensive. Who besides foreigners can afford them?

In Kabul, returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) seek refuge in a crowded major city. There is a lack of housing, water, electricity, sanitary facilities, education, health and social services. The Afghan capital has more than 50 informal settlements. Increasing migration is worsening the unemployment and making access to educational opportunities more difficult for young people and children.

JRS supports 2,420 people from various ethnic groups: Tajiks, Hazara and Pashtuns. Children, adolescents and adults who have received little schooling due to migration, have better chances on the job market through literacy courses and vocational training. They earn the respect of their neighbors and enjoy more independence and dignity. Last but not least, they can stay in Afghanistan instead of emigrating. Through its programs, the JRS contributes to the integration of these families into a community and to a safer life in their home country.